I make a few books for various purposes - simple print on demand stuff. I'm a writer with no talent for drawing so I need illustrations. So if I purchase a Standard Licence I can download but...
1. Does the licence expire? (I distrust this nonsense term 'assets') If I reprint the book in a couple of years, do I have to repurchase the images (assume that there may be minor changes to the text and Blurb, for instance, treats it as a new book). The implication is that I only have a licence to use, not any form of ownership.
2. I'm unlikely to need even 120 images per year. But some months I might want twenty-five images and the next month - two! Can I roll over unused credits to the following month?
1. Licences do not expire. “Asset” is a term for the item licenced and may be a photo, illustration, video, template or whatever. All is called “asset”.
Items are licensed for a client (you are the client), so, even if you use the same asset for anything else, that fits in with the licensing terms, you are still covered. However, with a standard licence, you would need to buy an extended licence if you want to do a t-shirt or a mug. Or you would need an extended licence, if your print run (digital and paper combined) would exceed the 500k limit.
You should, however, keep all assets locally accessible, as you may not be able to download again, if the contributor or Adobe pulls the asset for any reason.
2. I suppose you're talking of the 10 credits/month subscription. Unused credits roll over from month to month for up to 120 credits (which is a year's allocation). When you cancel, however, you forfeit the unused credits. So, cancelling at 120 credits and sitting on those for licencing during the next year does not work. You can, however, licence “in advance”, and take licences of assets that you likely need. You do not need an active subscription for using the licenced item (in accordance with the licencing terms).
Thank you. That is excellent.
First, I'm not Adobe, I'm a user like you. My assumptions above are correct, however.
You do not own the item, you will have a licence to use and modify the item as you wish in the limits of the licence. The contributor still owns the item (accurately: the copyright :copyright:), but as of their contributor agreement, they allow Adobe to sell licences of the assets and they agree with the terms of the licence.
Advance licencing: you have around 120 credits in your account and at the next iteration, you would not add licences anymore. You could select 10 assets and licence them, without a precise current need. At some later stage, when the available credits drop dangerously low, you could use those assets if they fit your then current need. If you never use them, it won't hurt you, as you would have lost the credits anyway.
If you intend to opt in and out: you also have the option for monthly subscriptions and you may buy credit packs. A subscription does not cover for premium assets. A 10-assets/month does not include video.